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Evaluating the Research on the WHO Red Meat Controversy

Evaluating the Research on the WHO Red Meat Controversy

You have been bombarded with headlines about the World Health Organization report from October 2016 claiming that red meat causes cancer. That certainly seems like a blow to bacon lovers and strict keto dieters who eat lean pork daily. However, when we dig deeper into the science, we can clearly see that their ruling is scientifically questionable. Below we document the WHO’s faulty verdict and how you can further maximize your ketogenic diet to improve your health. What is Red Meat? We ...

Can a Low Carb Diet Lower Blood Pressure?

Can a Low Carb Diet Lower Blood Pressure?

We previously looked at research suggesting that a well-planned, low-carb diet coupled with exercise can help you lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and body weight and also improve HDL cholesterol and insulin sensitivity. But what impact does ketogenic diet have on blood pressure? Recent research suggests that maintaining an optimal blood pressure is even more critical for your heart and overall health than previously thought. Read below to learn how cutting carbs and keto may be a good ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

The Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

Many people use the ketogenic diet today to manage symptoms of diabetes, lower triglycerides, and lose body weight. However, the high fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was not first used for any of these purposes. Instead, doctors created it to help treat epilepsy in children. Below we give a brief overview of epilepsy, specifically pediatric epilepsy, and the origins of using keto to treat it. Then, we investigate the hard evidence from high-quality research showing its ...

Is Coconut Oil Actually Good for You?

Is Coconut Oil Actually Good for You?

Coconut oil is all the rage now. People from ketogenic dieters to paleo enthusiasts to avid cross-fitters tout it as an energy-boosting, fat-fighting “superfood”. But are any of these claims supported by sound scientific research? Or are they just based on unsubstantiated hype? In this piece, we investigate all of the science to show how coconut oil affects your body and whether or not you should add it into your ketogenic diet. What really is Coconut Oil? Before investigating how ...

What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

What Are Ketones? Everything You Need to Know

One miraculous energy source has garnered the attention of many nutrition experts and researchers over the past decade. No, it is not carbohydrates, fats, or even protein. We call them ketones or ketone bodies (more on the difference between the two later). To your body, however, ketones are nothing new. In fact, your heart and renal cortex (the part of the kidney where ultrafiltration occurs) are using ketones as fuel right now. These cells prefer to use ketones instead of sugar. After ...

What is Gluconeogenesis?

What is Gluconeogenesis?

Eat fat burn fat. Eat carbs burn carbs. It's that simple, right? Yes and no. There's more to it. Your body has many different metabolic pathways that it uses to provide energy for your cells. Glycolysis (using sugar for fuel) and lipolysis (using fat for fuel through beta-oxidation) are the most well-known metabolic pathways, but there are many more.  One pathway, in particular, can turn the amino acids from protein into fuel. Why does it matter? Because this may be the one thing that is ...

The Side Effects of a Low Carb Diet

The Side Effects of a Low Carb Diet

Who should go on a low-carb diet? Low-carbohydrate diets — like the ketogenic diet — are effective for weight loss and improving health. They are also especially helpful for anyone who: Is overweight or obese Is sedentary Has epilepsy Has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids or endometriosis Is diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes Has a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Has certain forms of cancer Has cardiovascular disease A ...

What to Eat on a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet

What to Eat on a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet

Carbohydrates are generally avoided on a ketogenic diet, but they can be utilized with hard workouts that push your body. If you sit all day and eat refined carbohydrates (like cookies, chips, and candy), your risk of heart disease and diabetes increases dramatically — bad. If you use carbohydrates as a way to fuel intense workouts or replenish your body's depleted energy stores, then you can get the most out of your body without any negative side effects — good. The same principle applies ...

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

Can a ketogenic diet lower blood sugar? In short, yes, it can lower your blood sugar levels naturally and effectively if you follow it strictly. Below, you'll find studies, information, and tips on how. One cookie won't kill you but consuming high amounts of sugar every day will. High-carbohydrate foods — like cookies — lead to higher blood sugar levels. This is toxic to the body. Luckily, we have a hormone called insulin that helps lower blood sugar by shuttling the sugar into cells ...

Best Low-Carb Fruits (and Which to Avoid)

Best Low-Carb Fruits (and Which to Avoid)

Can you eat fruit on a ketogenic diet? In short, it's best to avoid most fruits except for berries, which you can eat in moderation. Below, we'll take a look at some of the fruits you can eat on a low carb diet and what you should avoid. When people switch to a ketogenic diet, fruit can be an area of confusion. Fruit has been marketed as healthy for many years and generally has a positive stigma behind it. While some fruit can be healthy in moderation, on a ketogenic diet we aim to keep our ...